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What’s in a name?
JAN. 11, 2010

Dassel Area Historical Society museum now has an official name

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

DASSEL, MN – Throughout the years, it’s been called many things – Universal Laboratories, the Ergot building, the Dassel Museum – but until just recently, it hasn’t had an official name.

It was announced at the Dassel City Council meeting Monday, the official name of the building, at 901 First Street North, would now be called the Dassel History Center and Ergot Museum.

The Dassel Area Historical Society board members spent time brainstorming ideas for an official name with special help from David Floren, a board member with an advertising background.

With the name, the board wanted to incorporate the unique aspect of the museum – the Ergot.

During World War II, ergot (a fungus that grows on grain) was used to manufacture blood-clotting medication in what was then called the Universal Laboratories Building.

Eventually, a logo will be designed to represent the official name, along with changes to the sign in front of the building, according to Carolyn Holje, director of the Dassel History Center and Ergot Museum.


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